With all the swirling tempests associated with the Paul Ryan pick as the Vice President to the Republican Presidential ticket of Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election, there is a question that must be asked, “What would an Obama defeat mean for the black community?” As a matter of fact what would that mean for the non-white culture? Does that simply raise more questions as to the true state of this country?
When President Obama ‘s tenure as the Commander in Chief began, it was met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell echoing the Republican thoughts from the floor of the Senate in 2009 with his infamous statement, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
The Congress of the United States of America has arguably become the most divisive and obstructive known in the past 100 years. The posture of obstruction in spite of an economic disaster the country found itself in has the world scratching its head asking, why wouldn’t a country pull together to fix what is broken? If the Republican purpose is to ignominiously destroy the first black president, then one has to wonder what would drive them to openly and obnoxiously espouse such rhetoric on a national platform and not behind closed doors. Never in the history of this nation has a member of Congress made such a declaration on the behalf of a political party nor has the political party condoned such rhetoric until now.
By all intents and purposes, it is hard to imagine that all Conservative Republicans back up or defend such an idea. There are in fact millions of unemployed citizens stemming from a collapsed economy. Wouldn’t a nation come together and discard the notion of defeating a president before the opportunity of an economic recovery? Of course it would. However, with states attacking voting rights in various swing states, one has to question the overall scheme of deception to win back the White House thus tainting the Right Wing legacy even more.
The Republican Party is trying to distance themselves from the Romney-Ryan ticket based on a questionable budget plan presented by the nominee. In the plan, Romney has adopted in part from Ryan, the middle class would be subject to a large tax increase and the elderly would lose the benefits of Medicare and Social Security they have come to know. This would have a domino effect on the economy once again which would spell disaster for the black community. In spite of presenting ambiguity to the American public, Romney’s past as a businessman and Governor of Massachusetts is a snapshot of his personal beliefs to lead the country going forward. Leaning on big donors to the Romney campaign and Super Pacs unrelenting attacks on the president with negative ads, the amount of vitriol will likely lead to a stand from Progressive advocates condemning such tactics.
However, there is an influx of talking heads that have the intention of sabotage in order to feed the incessant need of incited anger fueling the social discord that lines the pockets of those that drive the messages. And the message so far has been a critique of race wars such as birth certificates and “where was the president born?” In 2004 when a young State Senator named Barack Obama stood before the Democratic Convention talking about freedom, hope, security (both nationally and economically) and the future, many wondered if this was a pivotal moment for America to open its eyes to something on the horizon. Was Barack Obama the marker for change? At the time, Barack Obama was an up-and-coming young state senator eyeing the Senate seat for the state of Illinois. He would go on to handedly defeat Alan Keyes.
Ushering in a new era of thought, compromise and bipartisanship, Obama took to the Senate with nonpartisan goals. With the intent to make the nation a prosperous republic, the young Senator worked with Republicans not disillusioned of party affiliations which shaped his ideals toward his eventual run for the presidency. Even to this day, President Obama has forsaken partisan tactics in order to introduce legislation that both parties have created. From the economic stimulus to healthcare reform President Obama has stood his ground as both sides have attacked him for being either too weak or in “over his head.” But to a large part, that means that he practices what he preaches and that is to stay in the middle, extending an olive branch and continue doing so as the face of the United States.
The opposition’s problem is that his face is a symbol of a people that has risen from the ashes of the darkest places the country ever made. As far as the powers that be could tell, minorities were only supposed to fill minor roles in the larger scheme of things. As long as they remained complacent in their standing, everything was good and minor symbols such as the Martin Luther Kings, Michael Jordans and Muhammad Alis would allow blacks to dream of higher heights but hope they did not dream of the highest of heights. And yet, there was one that did.
President Obama in no terms has stated he is representative for a specific group of people because his vision is not limited to that scope. He believes that in order for one group of people to prosper, all groups must prosper. His stance as a Christian embodies Biblical principles that for a body to function, the members of the body must act on one accord. 1 Corinthians 12:12 succinctly concludes, “Many members one body.”
Yet in spite of his pragmatism, President Obama is feverishly attacked with disingenuous lies and outlandish accusations such as “un-American, unpatriotic, ‘not one of us’, communist, Kenyan, unprepared, divisive, hateful, dishonest, terrorist and even racist.” The list goes even further if one is to include the social networking forum as comments have degraded the president to terms of the 1800 and 1900’s, nothing representative of a 21st Century hopeful society.
Which lends to the question, “What would an Obama defeat mean?” What does that especially mean for the black community. It would mean that as always has been the case, blacks need to work twice as hard as their white counterparts in order to leave their mark on society. Just as Gabby Douglas entered the Olympic pantheon of achievement, so to must all minority youth recognize that in order to achieve the highest heights of accomplishment, they must walk with their heads held high and work hard. They must acknowledge that the only way a President Obama to stand in the Oval Office of the White House, they must shed the coat of mediocrity and pursue achievements in education and service as diligently as he did. And in order for this to happen again, they must vote.
An Obama defeat would cause a rupture in the spirit of aspiration for those that have a dream as seen from the efforts of blacks through the ages. President Obama may not represent one group, but blacks recognize him as not only our representative but the representative of all that marched before us. Generations of fighting against suppression led to this moment. When Martin Luther King Jr. stood, we responded by paving a path toward equality in opportunity and assembly. By allowing the nation and world to see the excellence in our people, they will stand with our people the way they stood with President Obama in the voting booth in 2008. Only by re-electing President Obama can we respond to the question.